Player/boss Ian Dunn says that Pinchbeck United will be forced to dive back into the transfer market after losing two players in a week.
The Knights were rocked by Fraser Bayliss’ request to re-join old club Boston Town, while fellow winger Liam Ogden has decided to walk away from the club too.
With Josh Smith also having left the club for Peterborough Northern Star and Harry Limb’s loan from King’s Lynn Town due to expire after Saturday’s home game with
Cogenhoe United, Dunn admits that he’s gone from one extreme to the other.
“We had too many players the other week,” he joked. “Now we’re really low on numbers.
“I was really disappointed in Fraser’s decision to leave.
“I’ve had people saying ‘why did you let him go’ and other similar remarks.
“The truth is that he was unhappy and asked to go. He’d been a regular and had started three in a row before getting ill, so I’m not sure why.
“He was a massive help filling in at left back earlier in the season and maybe I asked too much from him.
“In the end, I decided to let him go. We could have made him stay, but I don’t want players that don’t want to be here.
“Liam has also decided to call it quits and we let Josh go to PNS, so we’ve gone from one extreme to the other.
“I’ll have to look at the market and get a few players in, which is always tricky – especially at this stage of the season.”
Having just enjoyed a free weekend, Pinchbeck go into Saturday’s Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field clash with sixth-placed Cogenhoe (3pm) in fifth place.
Dunn says he’d “love” his side to finish at the top Lincolnshire side in the Future Lions UCL Premier Division this season and feels that challenging for second isn’t out of the question.
He added: “Cogenhoe are a good side. They work hard and keep you honest – we sneaked a 1-0 win there earlier in the season.
“We’re still well-placed and I suppose Rugby Town are having a bit of a blip now, so second isn’t out of the question.
“I’d love us to finish above Deeping and Holbeach, that’d be some achievement but will take some doing.”
Chris Shipley is the Knights’ chief injury doubt for Saturday.